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Balanced budget amendment passed by House; awaits action in 2017 or 2018

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The proposed balance budget amendment that passed the House on Wednesday now must wait until 2017 for the General Assembly to approve it a second time. “By voting in favor of the balanced budget amendment, Indiana House members took an important step toward ensuring that the fiscal responsibility of […]

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Indiana gets AAA rating again; credit agency says balanced budget amendment good idea

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A proposed balanced budget constitutional amendment could give the state firmer ground to stand on when it comes to its high credit rating, Standard & Poor’s said in a report Tuesday. The credit rating renewed the state’s AAA credit rating, the highest available rating. “Indiana continues to stand out […]

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Governor’s balanced budget amendment heads to full House

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence’s proposed balanced budget amendment passed a House committee on Tuesday after two members were allowed to vote after arriving late. The House Judiciary Committee initially voted 5-5, which would have kept the bill from passing. Because the vote tied, the bill did not fail, but instead […]

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Senate approves balanced budget amendment

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers would be required to pass balanced budgets – something they generally do now – under a proposed constitutional amendment the Senate moved on Tuesday. Senate Joint Resolution 19 – authored by Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek – would prohibit state budget appropriations from exceeding state revenues. However, the restriction […]

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Video & story: Senate defeats constitutional ‘right-to-farm’ proposal

Right to Farm amendment dies in Senate from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate stopped the controversial right-to-farm resolution in its tracks on Tuesday – to the delight of environmental groups that had been fighting it. The Senate voted 28-22 against the proposal, which would have amended the Indiana Constitution […]

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Senate committee passes right-to-farm amendment even as some farmers say no

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee passed a proposed constitutional amendment Monday meant to protect the rights of farmers – but it was farmers who came out to oppose the legislation. The right-to-farm and ranch amendment is meant to protect property rights for farmers and guarantee that Hoosiers can “engage in diverse […]

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Measure to constitutionally protect hunting, fishing moves to full Senate

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Hoosiers’ right to hunt and fish is one step closer to becoming etched in the state’s constitution. The same proposed constitutional amendment passed the General Assembly last year. But because the resolution would change the constitution, it must pass two, separately-elected legislatures. Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, author of […]

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Americans struggle to name First Amendment freedoms

By Kate Winkle SFHWire WASHINGTON – Americans have failed their 2014 civics test: 29 percent of them can’t name any of the five freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution’s First Amendment. The Newseum’s First Amendment Center surveyed 1,006 adults nationwide over the phone in May about their knowledge of the amendment and opinions on First Amendment issues. The center has […]

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Video & story: Constitutional discussions are complicated, slow moving

Legislators gather at the Statehouse to start Mount Vernon Assembly on Vimeo. By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The constitution is hard to change. That became obvious when a committee struggled for an hour as members tried to decide how to vote at the Mount Vernon Assembly, a meeting that is a precursor to a possible […]

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Lawmakers from across US to gather in Indy for constitutional amendment talk

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 100 state legislators will meet this week at the Indiana Statehouse to discuss the procedures and rules for a possible convention to amend the U.S. Constitution. Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, spearheaded the event – called the Mount Vernon Assembly – saying he […]

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